Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Checklist 4 Preconception and Pregnancy

Daily Foods 4 Preconception
 & Pregnancy Checklist
Cod Liver Oil to supply 20,000 IU 
vitamin A and 2000 IU vitamin D per day
1 quart (or 32 ounces) whole milk daily 
(can be yogurt, kefir, cheese)
4 tablespoons butter daily
2 or more eggs daily, preferably from pastured
Extra Egg Yolks
3-4 ounces fresh liver, once or twice per week
Wild seafood, 2-4 times per week, 
particularly salmon, shellfish & fish eggs
Beef, Chicken, Lamb or Pork per day
Bone Broth
Additional Animal Fats: Lard, Duck/Chicken/Tallow
Coconut Oil 1-2 Tablespoons
Soaked/Sprouted Whole Grains or Beans
Vegetables, fresh or lightly cooked
Lacto-fermented Drinks and Condiments
Other Fats: Olive Oil, Flax Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, 
Palm Oil, Nut Oils/Butters, Avocado

This list Is based on the  
Weston A Price recommended diet for nursing and
 pregnant mothers
I've made a few changes to the list,

 as per updated information.   I really like checklists,
so I put this
together in a printable check-list format you can
 easily stick on your fridge!   I've added preconception
 to the title, because that is a very important time
 to prepare one's body for growing a baby- and
the 3 months before pregnancy should be treated
as if you were pregnant, because that is when a
woman's body is preparing and ripening an egg
to be ready for fertilization.  Also it's a great time for
 men to be eating these foods as well, as it takes their
 bodies ~3 months start to finish to make healthy,
viable sperm.
This list is of course considering all food sources be
organic, pastured or grass-fed.  For the simple list
purpose, I took the specifics out.
While making this list, I realize, I never eat ALL of
these foods in one day, or frequently enough
(like seafoods), to provide enough nourishment
for myself- let a lone if I were growing another child. 
I'd like to challenge myself to try to eat the foods on
the checklist, each day/week, and see if it's realistic
 to eat this much food- and then based on how I can fit
these foods into my life on a daily weekly basis-
and work it into a reasonable goal.


In nature, we know it's important to have healthy, 

nutrient rich soil- for the best start and long-term
 success of growing a seedling into a well formed, 
fruit bearing plant. 
I feel that it is very important to Nourish one's self
well before pregnancy, and especially between
 subsequent pregnancies
.  Each stage of this life cycle
 has extreme nutritional demands-  preparing for
conception, pregnancy, labor and birth, breastfeeding
and recovery.  I know after I had my first child, I felt
nutritionally wiped out for several years after she was born.   
When I have my next child, I want to be prepared,
and prepare my body in advance, so I have FULL
nutritional reserves.   So, you might see a few more
 posts about preconception related topics, since it's on my mind.
-Is there anything you would add or take off this
food list?  
-What do you think about all this food? 

-Think it's possible to eat all of this food each day/week?  
-What Preconception health tips do you have or wish you
had known?


Lisa said...

I love your blog. I love traditionally prepared foods too and we have some of the same bloggers on our blog lists so I thought I'd introduce myself.

My blog is http://nurturedfamilylife.blogspot.com if you'd like to take a look.

Elizabeth said...

Thank You! It's nice to meet you lisa- I'll check out your blog!

Crystal - Prenatal Coach said...

As you already know. I'm working on this too!! :)

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